Meditation: Athena Invocation

“In a very non analytic way allow the words to reverberate in and through your being inviting whatever experience arises.” – Tarchin Hearn 

Enter the “chamber of the virgin.” Athena Parthenos (“Athena the Virgin”) 

“I persuade you to neither say nor do any thing in opposition to Minerva”

You Can’t Outsmart the Goddess of Wisdom and War. 

She is brilliant, yet merciful. Plato mused on her name as : “mind” and “intelligence”, ”divine intelligence” This is she who has the mind of God. “she who knows divine things”  She has moral intelligence. 

She of air, earth, and moon. “Lady of Athens”, “Divine Athena”. “I have given”. Snake goddess. Owl lady. Bird goddess. Come visit. She who takes the form of a sea-eagle. Sometimes you appear with wings. “terrifying warrior goddess” Bring Medusa now. A solar goddess. Thee, thee I invoke. I invoke thee. You are welcome here.

Your Egyptian form is Neith: Egyptian goddess of war and hunting. Come weave with us. Blend with me. Athena, goddess of civilization and culture. Goddess of the city. Protectress of the fortress, the citadel. We will wash you, we will dress you in clean woollen clothes, bathe you anew. Patron of metalworkers, helper when we forge our armour and weapons. Goddess of philosophy. Lead us into battle. You are the disciplined, strategic side of war. 

You are not violence, bloodlust, and slaughter—”the raw force of war” that is Aries. Come hither. Be “On side”. We only fight war to resolve conflict. warrior maiden. Free to roam. Ring the bell. 

She is unwearying. “she who fights in front”. “the Industrious” “the patron of crafts people and artisans.” “The Goddess”. She “of the horses” Your invention of the chariot, and wagon, has helped many. 

You dive like a bird for wisdom, sharp and fierce. These waters of wisdom quench a deep thirst. Quell all fear. Aid, co-operate and bring me to perfection. “bright-eyed”  “eyes gleaming”. “silvery eyes” “little owl” You are the symbol of wisdom. Sea of wisdom. She of the sea. “born of the water itself” “Goddess of the sky”

Zeus swallowed your mother, in the shape of a fly, her wisdom became his, an internal voice to listen to. Give us wise consul. “favorite daughter of Zeus, born fully armed from his forehead” “cry out to us with a mighty shout. The Sky and Earth will shudder before you.” 

When Zeus had in mind the making of the world through word, his first thought was Athena. 

“ground”, “plea”, “opinion”, “expectation”, “word”, “speech”, “account”, “reason”, “proportion”, and “discourse”. Come visit us in “this inhabitable world” “young woman you have wisdom” “When Neptune struck the ground with his trident and a salt water spring sprang up; this gave the Athenians access to trade and water.”

Athena offered the first domesticated olive tree bringing us wood, oil, and food, you are a symbol economic prosperity” Out of the conflict of matriarchal and patriarchal religions, you won. 

Here is a Honey cake offering for your serpent. “Guardian Serpent” “garden serpent”. <offer>

Athena you are the “enforcer of rules of sexual modesty and ritual mystery” “pure” “so pure” “Goddess purify me” “do not lift the veil” “Athenian lady guide my sword” “tame the winged horse, which dances in the sky” Aid us. Hold up the sky. Stern ally. 

“gentle acknowledger, implant thoughts in my head of victory” “protectress of heroes,” When I am defeated, I know that you still aid me.”goddess of nearness, mentor and mother me” “let me grow into the role” 

Bestow the “Owl Gift” (“the ability to write and communicate clearly”). Show us to the burial places of the mythical kings. Strike the rock with your spear. “Expel the Vices from the Garden of Virtue” I call your name. Your aegis, your shield, made of goat skin “produces a sound as from a myriad roaring dragons” 

You wear a fire breathing serpent. Your aegis has a border of snakes. It was covered in golden scales and roared during battle. 

Much loved. You are much loved. the only pagan statue to be kept up during the French Revolution, then transformed into a symbol of freedom for the republic. 

Complex goddess. I call forth “dynamic life energy”. We are your people, support us. Goddess pull your helmet down, protect us. Intervene. Lift your religious silence for us.